Fear Is the Key (1973)





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In this thriller based on a novel by Alistair MacLean, Barry Newman plays John Talbot, an underwater salvage expert who witnesses the murder of his wife and child. After working with the police, Talbot hatches his own scheme to bring the killers to justice; posing as a criminal, he stages the phony murder of a police officer and kidnaps Sarah Ruthven (Suzy Kendall), the heiress to a petroleum fortune. Talbot's false daring attracts the attention of a criminal mastermind who wants to recover the valuables aboard a plane that recently crash-landed in the water; however, Talbot knows that the same man was responsible for his family's death, and he intends to see that he never returns from their exploratory search of the wrecked plane. Watch for Ben Kingsley in a small role, it was his first film, prior to Gandhi in 1982. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Ben Kingsley
as Royale
Suzy Kendall
as Sarah Ruthven
John Vernon
as Vyland
Ray McAnally
as Ruthven
Barry Newman
as John Talbot
Dolph Sweet
as Jablonski
Tony Anholt
as FBI Man
Elliott Sullivan
as Judge Mollison
Roland Brand
as Deputy
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Post-Vanishing Point Barry Newman stars in a noir filled jam filled with scheming and double crossing. A car chase early on in the movie is pretty cool.

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